101 Years of Sad Eyes

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So I had my little jaunt to the Wilmer Eye Institute at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland today.  I was up at 8:00am (thank you, L!), and showered.  GHI maintenance was here to repair my window — another blog post of it’s own:

Broken Window Broken Window

My ride came as the window was repaired, and I had to get my pups, Cecil and Grady, ready for their first day all alone in the house (they didn’t make a “mistake,” way to go boys!).  The appointment was at 11:00am, and we left at ~9:45am.  Good thing — the parking was madness!  Got home at ~7:00pm?

Dr. Akpek was amazing.  My poor eye was poked and prodded and tugged and rolled.  I have three choices:

  1. Do nothing.
  2. Have a synthetic corneal transplant on the left eye, which Dr. Akpek said would give me the best vision, but would likely result in my losing my vision altogether within ~2 years
  3. Have a cadaver tissue corneal transplant, which would come with fewer risks, but also less clarity of vision.  I’ve already had two failed corneal transplants, so the odds of a third one being successful are very low.

Odd experience…  Dr. Akpek had to assess whether the back of my eye was healthy — my optic nerve and my retina — but the the cornea is too cloudy now for them to be checked in the usual way.  I had my first every “eye ultrasound.”  Now my eyeball knows what pregnant women feel like!!  (Well, I kinda already knew that one because I had an ultrasound before my gall bladder was removed years ago…)

So the surgery (some surgery!) is tentatively scheduled for January 13th.  Before then, I have to decide which option to choose, or to cancel altogether.  Big decisions!!!

Here are some photos I took in Baltimore:

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The irony?  My dad’s birthday is January 13th.  If he was still alive, he’d be 101 years old when I have my surgery, IF I have my surgery….

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5 Responses to 101 Years of Sad Eyes

  1. mandy says:

    I hope whichever procedure you choose will be the best option and bring you better vision, Terry. You are so brave for all you’ve gone through!

    Liked by 1 person

    • DogDharma says:

      Thanks, Mandy!! I don’t feel very brave most of the time, but thus far, I keep putting one foot in front of the other. ❤

      Liked by 1 person

      • mandy says:

        Isn’t it funny, Terry-we rarely see our own bravery. It takes those looking in from the outside to remind us that we are pretty tough. Not everyone has the strength or fortitude to keep putting one foot in front of the other. You certainly show a tenacity that I admire SO much! ❤


  2. Jamie Ray says:

    Hard choices to make, and it doesn’t sound like the Dr. had a strong preference with which option is the best. Wish you the best (and what good dogs!).

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    • DogDharma says:

      She was slightly inclined toward #3, but she left it up to me. I’m leaning toward #3, but waffling a little, since there are pros and cons to both. I *hate* making decisions. House-training two young pooches at the same time is a challenge, so I was extra proud of my boys! Thanks for reading and commenting, Jamie!


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